Funding for prospective research degree students
The majority of PhD studentships are self-funded or part funded by
contributions from employers, however some funding is available to
assist with the costs of postgraduate studies. Competition for funding
is highly competitive and, in the case of full studentships or
bursaries, applicants should start planning their application at least 6
months in advance of the deadline. Below is information on some funding
sources for Postgraduate study in the fields of art, design and
Cardiff Met Doctoral Scholarships
Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC) offers a number of doctoral scholarship schemes
designed to offer opportunities for post graduate study in a range of
disciplines. Doctorial scholarship schemes will be advertised via the
link above as they occur.
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award
Collaborative Doctoral Awards are intended to encourage and develop
collaboration and partnerships between Higher Education Institution
(HEI) departments and non-academic organisations and businesses, and
provide opportunities for doctoral students to gain first hand
experience of work outside an academic environment. There have been many
CDA awards made for collaborations with larger museums and
organisations however the AHRC would like to encourage further proposals
to work with businesses, regional museums, regional arts organisations
and community groups. The AHRC aim to fund approximately 40 studentships
per year via the CDA Open Call.
Pasold Research Fund PhD Bursaries for Textile History
Applications are invited for PhD bursaries of up to £2,500 to support
research in any area or period of textile history. The bursaries can be
used for such purposes as subsidy for fees, conference attendance,
securing visual materials, extra travel or research expenses or to
support students when a dissertation is close to completion. Students
starting their first year of their PhD are not eligible for these
awards, and priority is given to those applications where it is
demonstrated that the bursary will enable the student to complete a PhD.
The Pasold Research Fund offers support for a maximum of two years.
British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG)
The British Federation of Women Graduates scholarships are for women who
will be in their final year of doctoral studies or part time equivalent
at the time when the awards are given out (the autumn of each year).
Six-eight awards are given annually on the basis of evidence of academic
excellence. The amounts offered range upwards from £1000 with the
average award being around £3000. There is a £20 administration fee for
applying to this grant.
For any overseas students, your first port of call should be
grant-awarding bodies in your own country (eg The Ministry/Department of
Education) and your local (or nearest) office of the British Council (www.britishcouncil.org).
The British Council manages a small number of international studentship
grants in some countries and should be able to tell you what other
awards may be available to you .
European Union (EU) citizens may qualify for a fees only award from
UK Research Council studentships; living expenses are not included. The
EU provides some grants to promote the exchange of students and academic
staff within Europe, such as the SOCRATES and LEONARDO Programmes. The
European Commission (EC) also makes some awards to students from
developing countries. Contact the EC office in your own country or write
to the European Commission, Directorate General III, Rue de la Loi 200,
B-1049 Brussels, Belgium.
British Commonwealth Students
Scholarships and fellowships are awarded by the Association of
Commonwealth Universities (ACU). Full scholarships enable Commonwealth
students to study in other Commonwealth countries. Grants are for one to
three years and usually cover the cost of travel, tuition fees and
living expenses. In some cases, additional allowances may be available
for help with books and clothes.
Cardiff Metropolitan University Research Degrees